Gallicchio Earns SHRM-SCP Certification

Posted on August 10, 2020 By

Lisa Gallicchio, Howell, N.J., the director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), Eatontown, recently earned her SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) SCP (Senior Certified Professional), senior level certification from Rutgers University.

Gallicchio said, “I decided to learn more about HR because some of my PHHC responsibilities cross over into the HR department.”

Gallicchio is founder and executive director of the statewide New Jersey Health Care Networking Group. She is a board member of Caregiver Volunteers of Central New Jersey; the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, which honored her as “Citizen of the Year 2011”; and Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County. She is also a member of the N.J. State Chamber of Commerce and an advisor of the Educational Committee for Lakewood High School.

Gallicchio served as a past board member of Howell Chamber of Commerce, and was a chairwoman of both the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation Crystal Gala and the Circle of Life Golf Outing.
Gallicchio graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Liberal Arts, with a concentration in Labor Management. She also received an A.A. (Associate of Arts degree) in Business Administration from Brookdale Community College.

For more information about Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at lisa@preferredcares.com or call 732-547-9886 or visit PreferredCares.com.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Since 1987, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.

PHHC, named a 2020 Great Place to Work®, offers industry-leading pay rates, weekly pay, flexible hours, benefits, and paid time off. PHHC has 15 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters in Eatontown; and branches in Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; Neptune; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; and Toms River. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

About SHRM Certification: The Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers University, in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is offering 2020 SHRM Certification Preparation courses. (www.cpe.rutgers.edu).

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Monmouth Day Care Center Now Open!

Posted on August 10, 2020 By

Now that Monmouth Day Care Center (MDCC), 9 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, N.J., is open again, Heidi Zaentz, MDCC executive director, said, “It’s wonderful to hear the sound of children in the building again.” While the Center was closed, the board of MDCC called all families on a regular basis, sent out emails, and posted news on Facebook to stay in touch with families. In addition Zoom classes were held for the children.

MDCC is taking measures to ensure the health and safety of every child and staff member. Only staff and children are allowed in the Center. Besides screenings at the front door, teachers are cleaning and disinfecting classrooms, toys, surfaces, etc., a minimum of four times a day. The playground is also being disinfected after each class uses it. Classrooms are limited to 10 children.

Monmouth Day Care Center serves families with diverse socio-economic backgrounds from more than 25 local communities. During the coronavirus lockdown, MDCC partnered with the BackPack Crew, a ministry of the United Methodist Church of Red Bank, helping to get food and other items to the homes of needy families in the area. Friends of MDCC also went shopping for families and acted as a resource for families.

MDDC offers scholarships and fees on a sliding scale for families who qualify. Families who do not qualify for government support but cannot afford the full cost of care receive tuition assistance based on a sliding scale fee due to substantial community fundraising efforts of the Board. Call 732-741-4313 with questions or for more information. hzaentz@monmouthdaycare.com.

About Monmouth Day Care Center: Monmouth Day Care Center, a nonprofit licensed by the State of New Jersey, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., has eight classrooms; two playgrounds; a multi-purpose room that also serves as an indoor gym; a library; and provides breakfast, lunch and snacks. Children from two months to five years old, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, who come from families with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds can attend full- or part-time. Contracts for tuition are maintained with the Division of Family Development, including Work First New Jersey Program and New Jersey Cares for Kids.
Visit www.monmouthdaycarecenter.com. for more information.

History of Monmouth Day Care Center: MDCC began with just one class of children in 1969. It was the first Monmouth County School to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and star-rated by Grow NJ Kids. It was established under the sponsorship of the Revitalization Corps, National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Red Bank Section, Junior League of Monmouth County, Council of Churches, and Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club of Central New Jersey.

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New Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services Recruitment Site Added in Philly

Posted on August 4, 2020 By

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC) opened a new recruitment office on 230 South Broad Street, Suite 805, Center City, Philadelphia, for RNs, LPNs, CNAs, and home health aides seeking employment in the Greater Philadelphia area. PHHC offers remote interviews via phone and Zoom.

PHHC, with offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, was named a 2020 Great Place to Work®. PHHC offers industry-leading pay rates, weekly pay, flexible hours, benefits, and paid time off.

Jonathan Herman, COO of Preferred said, “Despite a challenging economic environment, we are excited to continue carrying out our expansion plans and deliver care to many more clients in that special Preferred way.”

Call 215-498-4064 for an interview. For more information about Preferred, contact Lisa Gallicchio, SHRM-SCP, director of community relations, at lisa@preferredcares.com or call 732-547-9886. Also visit PreferredCares.com for more information.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Since 1987, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.

PHHC, named a 2020 Great Place to Work®, offers industry-leading pay rates, weekly pay, flexible hours, benefits, and paid time off. PHHC has 15 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters in Eatontown; and branches in Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; Neptune; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; and Toms River. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

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Ocean ELC Names Jody Herkloz New Chairwoman

Posted on July 27, 2020 By

Jody Herkloz, Pt. Pleasant Boro, founding member and chief operating officer of the consulting firm NorthStar Strategies, Trenton, has been named the chairwoman of the Ocean County ELC (Employers Legislative Committee), following the three-year Ocean County ELC term of Mary Pat Angelini, a former assemblywoman and CEO of Preferred Behavioral Health Group. As chairwoman of the Ocean ELC, Herkloz will find key speakers and run monthly meetings.

Herkloz supervises the day-to-day operations of NorthStar, including meeting with clients, and acting as a community liaison for the firm. Before founding NorthStar, Herkloz created and is still the president of JLH Management Enterprises, Pt. Pleasant, which conducts political campaigns, does fund raising for nonprofit clients, and event management.

Herkloz said, “I am honored by this appointment and excited by this amazing opportunity to work with business owners from throughout Ocean County. The ELC plays a critical role putting business owners face-to-face with key decision-makers and providing a forum to advocate for key issues and priorities.”

Herkloz, born in Point Pleasant Hospital and a life-long resident of Ocean County, graduated from Brick Township High School, Brick, N.J. She received B.A.’s in History and International Relations from the University of Delaware. She serves on the board of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore.

ELC meetings will resume this September. ELCs are independent, local organizations representing all 21 counties. At each meeting, legislators, cabinet members, or local officials discuss important business issues. NJBIA’s government affairs experts on legislative and regulatory issues affecting employers also give attendees a briefing.

Holman Frenia Allison, PC; New Jersey Natural Gas, and NorthStar Strategies in partnership with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Herkloz at jody@northstarstrategiesllc.com or call 609-571-9920.

About NorthStar Strategies: Founded in 2016, NorthStar Strategies is a full-service government and public affairs consultancy based in Trenton, New Jersey. Its practice areas include legislative lobbying, regulatory affairs, association management, events management, and community outreach. The firm has close working relationships with government officials, legislators, high level staff, and key stakeholders in the public and private sectors in the Statehouse, throughout New Jersey, and the region.

About ELC: Employer Legislative Committees: The ELCs, established by NJBIA in 1959, are independent, local organizations representing all 21 counties. At each meeting, legislators, cabinet members or local officials will discuss important issues pertinent to business. Attendees also receive a briefing from one of NJBIA’s government affairs experts on legislative and regulatory issues affecting employers. About NJBIA: The New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Trenton, N.J., provides information, services and advocacy to its member companies in order to build a more prosperous New Jersey. NJBIA is the nation’s largest statewide employer association. Its members, as a group, employ more than one million people and represents every industry in the state, including contractors, manufacturers, retail and wholesale businesses, and service providers of every kind. Visit www.njbia.org for more information.

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JSAHR Awards $2500 in Scholarships

Posted on July 27, 2020 By

At its June meeting, The Jersey Shore Association of Human Resources (JSAHR), Neptune, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), awarded three Ann C. Edwards educational scholarships, totaling $2500.

Joseph LaPorta, a senior at Colts Neck High School, and Robert Schroeder, Oceanport, a senior at Shore Regional High School, each received $1000. JSAHR member Allison Greiner, Colonia, an HR specialist, received a $500 scholarship for professional development.

Joseph LaPorta distinguished himself in academic, athletics, and community service. He serves as a cadet leader in the high school’s Navy JROTC program, rated number one in the nation. He also achieved certification from the N.J. State Police Youth Trooper Week and the Monmouth County Youth Sherriff Week. He plans to attend Stockton University in the fall, majoring in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security.

Robert Schroeder, who plans to attend Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, will enter a six-year program for a B.A. degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and a Juris Doctor (law) degree. He hopes to become an employment attorney. He has served as a school leader and is an officer for the Students for Animal Welfare.

Allison Greiner, a CPA and a compensation analyst for Dow Jones in Princeton, holds two SHRM certifications and is pursuing her CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) certification.
The Ann C. Edwards annual scholarships are named in honor of Ann Edwards, SPHR, the founding member of JSAHR and a long-time member of its Executive Board. Edwards was also a member of the Garden State Council, where she was a leader in state-wide workforce development. She is currently retired and living in Florida.

JSAHR is a professional business organization that supports members of the human resources profession in Monmouth and Ocean counties. It provides monthly educational meetings, networking events, and job search assistance to its members. It also provides a network of professionals who provide expertise in all aspects of human resources.

For more information about the scholarships and recipients, contact Robert Kane at robertpkane@aol.com. For information about JSAHR, visit admin@jsahr.shrm.org or call Christine Higgins, administrator, at 732-701-7155.

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50-Year-Old Strand Boiler Replaced with Cost Saving Energy-efficient Units

Posted on July 20, 2020 By

About 50 years ago, a giant boiler was installed in the historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood. By today’s standards, this boiler has become inefficient and costly.

The original boiler was so huge, it had to be assembled inside the building! After several weeks of cutting it out, two highly efficient gas boilers have been installed in the Strand Theater. According to Tom Calabro, chairman of Strand Theater subcommittee for the Lakewood Industrial Commission (LIC), the new boilers will drastically reduce the cost of heating the Strand Theater and help relieve the cost of Strand Ventures in heating the theater.

Calabro said, “Besides efficiency in heating the theater, climate control is also a key component in preserving the original plaster and all the original architecture in the theater. If we don’t control the climate in the theater, it will deteriorate at the much faster rate.”

Greg Stafford-Smith, a member of the LIC and the Strand subcommittee, said the three million BTU unit was replaced by two more efficient and smaller units manufactured by Lochinbar that will maximize the efficiency of the Strand, and produce domestic hot water and heat for the entire theater. “These environmentally friendly units will lend themselves to the most efficient standards achievable.”

Lakewood municipal engineers Remington & Vernick ensured the project was in line with local standards and what the township expects. Stafford-Smith said, “The plumbing is a work of art – it is really impressive!”

It is estimated that there will be a savings of 30 to 40 percent on the consumption of gas. The two parts of the installation included the replacement of the roof heating units in October and then the installation of the boilers began in May.

The LIC credits Ervin Oross, director of Lakewood Township Community Development, for being instrumental in helping to get the funding for the new boilers. According to Oross, energy funding was available through a State grant for such energy efficient units and matching funds were available from energy efficient programs.

Oross said, “Because the new boilers are more efficient, it will save a lot of money in heating costs and provide a more comfortable experience in very cold weather. Heat will now reach areas in the theater that were not covered before.

“It’s good to know that the state has programs that encourage energy efficiency. Since the theater is always looking to save money, the new boilers will have a big impact that will serve the theater for a long, long time.”

Steven Reinman, executive director of the LIC who provided the incentive to replace the boilers, said, “From my perspective, we have this historic building the town now owns. This building adds so much to the local culture, and we want this building to be energy and cost efficient for years to come.

“The beauty of it is between N.J. Natural Gas and state programs along with CDBG funding, we were able to completely overhaul a 50-year-old system and bring us into not only modern times but something that will last a very long time with high efficiency and very good performance. We’re very gratified about that. It was very nice to see that the cooperation among the various agencies delivered excellent value to the township and to its residents.”

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Health and Safety Come First at Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services

Posted on July 16, 2020 By

Concern for the health and safety of its clients, as well as the nurses and aides who care for them, has always been a top priority for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), with offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Since COVID-19, however, additional safety practices are now standard.

All nurses and aides, who are bonded, licensed, and insured, are educated and trained in CDC safety practices and recommendations. They are required to self-monitor their temperatures before visiting a home. Each clinician and aide have approved CDC personal protection equipment, including gowns, KN95 masks, face shields, and gloves for each client.

Employees receive weekly updated CDC guidelines and information; and nurses, aides, and families have access to a clinical supervisor 24 hours a day. Client telehealth visits are conducted daily to ensure the well-being of PHHC clients and families.

PHHC Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Herman said, “Throughout the pandemic, Preferred is proud to have maintained our high standard of care for all of our clients, while also working hard to ensure the safety of our nurses and aides. They continue to demonstrate why they are recognized as heroes during this time.”

For the past 20 years, PHHC has been accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry.

For more information about Preferred, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at lisa@preferredcares.com or call 732-547-9886. Visit PreferredCares.com for more information.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Since 1987, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.

PHHC, named a 2020 Great Place to Work®, offers industry-leading pay rates, weekly pay, flexible hours, benefits, and paid time off. PHHC has 15 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters in Eatontown; and branches in Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; Neptune; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; and Toms River. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

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After the Pause: Re-Opening Your Workplace – July 23 HR Zoom Meeting

Posted on July 15, 2020 By

Many employers are in the midst of re-opening their workplace sites. Because many workplace sites will have an entirely different look and feel, most employees will return to a new normal. An investment in the return-to-work process increases the ability for employers to plan in a practical manner for their reopening and allows their organizations to be knowledgeable in navigating these unchartered waters.

Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources (JSAHR) is hosting After the Pause: Re-Opening Your Workplace, a free virtual meeting presented by Luke Breslin, an associate from the law offices of Jackson Lewis, and attorney Jennifer Meyer-Mahoney on Thursday, July 23, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

The presentation, with a question and answer session, will include such topics practical considerations that should be addressed before and after re-opening the physical worksite; common employee relation scenarios (i.e., elevated risk factors, mask issues) that employers should be prepared to address; understanding employer obligations under the WARN Act; awareness of the N.J. travel advisory’s impact on return-to-work initiatives; and updates on federal and state laws, such as FFCPA leave and its interaction with other regulations

Members should register by emailing Christine Higgins at admin@JSAHR.org. or call 732-701-7155. Log in details will be sent to registrants. For those who wish to make monetary contributions to Fullfill – Monmouth & Ocean, Hunger Won’t Win Here, JSAHR will match total contributions up to $1,000.

This program is pending 1.0 HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) and SHRM PDC recertification credits. JSAHR is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits.

About the Speakers:Luke P. Breslin is an associate in the Berkeley Heights and Monmouth County, New Jersey, law offices of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights.

Jennifer Meyer-Mahoney is an attorney who focuses on labor and employment law, providing guidance and solutions for small and medium-sized businesses that need assistance with labor and employment concerns.

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August 12 – Zoom the N.J. Health Care Networking Group Meeting

Posted on July 15, 2020 By

Join N.J. Health Care Networking Group for an August 12 Zoom meeting from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. N.J. Health Care Networking Group is a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services. Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Middlesex County, a nonprofit organization that provides social services, counseling, and advocacy, is hosting the August virtual meeting.

The N.J. Health Care Networking Group provides an opportunity to build relationships among health care professionals, market events, and promote business. Membership is free; however, register to take advantage of member benefits, such as posting to N.J. Health Care Networking Group’s website, all health care and marketing events, training information, employment listings, and access to a member directory.

To register, email Lisa@PreferredCares.com and you will receive the Zoom code to join the August 12 meeting. For more information about N.J. Health Care Networking Group, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, the premier sponsor of N.J. Health Care Networking Group, at lisa@preferredcares.com, call 732-547-9886, or visit www.njhcnet.com for the monthly location and member events. Meetings take place once a month.

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Remote Interviews Available for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services

Posted on June 25, 2020 By

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), with offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, is holding remote interviews for RNs, LPNs, and CHHAs (Certified Home Health Aides).

PHHC, named a 2020 Great Place to Work®, offers industry-leading pay rates, weekly pay, flexible hours, benefits, and paid time off.

To apply online, visit PreferredCares.com. For more information, call 800-603-2273.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Inc.: Since 1987, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.

PHHC has 15 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters in Eatontown; and branches in Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; Neptune; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; and Toms River. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at PreferredCares.com for more information.

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